Buffalo Springfield Kick Off Reunion Tour in Oakland
Buffalo Springfield thrilled the audience at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., during the Wednesday night kickoff of their first tour since 1968. Original singer-guitarists Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay all took turns singing the band's tunes, while throwing in a classic song from Young's solo career.
The band opened up the set with 'On the Way Home' and proceeded to play a good number of songs from their catalog. Among the highlights, according to recaps in the Oakland Tribune and Rolling Stone, were 'Rock and Roll Woman' and 'Mr. Soul.' Young injected a little humor into the set when he introduced the band by saying, "Thank you, we're Buffalo Springfield; we're from the past."
Unlike the band's two-night reunion last year at Young's Bridge School Benefit, Buffalo Springfield are plugging in their electric instruments for this tour. The lineup is rounded out by Crosby, Stills & Nash drummer Joe Vitale and Young's bassist Rick Rosas. The two musicians are filling in for original members Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer, who passed away in 2009 and 2004, respectively.
The highlight of the night may have been the encore, which featured the group's classic Stills-penned protest song 'For What It's Worth' and Young's solo anthem 'Rockin' in the Free World.' YouTube clips of 'I Am a Child' and 'Rockin' in the Free World' can be seen below.
Buffalo Springfield's tour resumes with a second show in Oakland tonight (June 2), followed by a couple of more two-night stands in California and a June 11 appearance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
Watch Buffalo Springfield Perform 'I Am a Child'
Watch Buffalo Springfield Perform 'Rockin' in the Free World'